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Jeff Thayer and the San Diego Symphony Reveal the Brilliance of Britten’s Violin Concerto

By Ken Herman | March 8, 2020 |

Among the welcome changes Rafael Payare has brought to the San Diego Symphony is a revitalization of the orchestra’s repertory. Major works the orchestra had not previously performed—and not just new compositions—are now center stage. In January, 2019, when Payare was still Music Director Designate, he conducted the orchestra and cellist Alisa Weilerstein in Benjamin…

In “5 Soldiers,” 5 Dancers Offer Gripping Take on Military Life

By Janice Steinberg | March 6, 2020 |

“5 Soldiers” takes place at the White Box Theater at Liberty Station. The intimate space is ideal for Rosie Kay’s intimate, intense take on soldiers training, living, and ultimately risking their lives together. It’s ideal, as well, given Liberty Station’s history as a Naval training facility and whatever psychic resonance from those eager, scared, brave young sailors lingers in the walls. And it’s running here for two more nights. Go!

Bel Canto Trio Brings the Allure and Excitement of Grand Opera to La Jolla’s Baker-Baum Concert Hall

By Ken Herman | March 5, 2020 |

In December, the San Diego Opera’s dētour series presented tenor Joshua Guerrero and soprano Ailyn Pérez in a duo recital at the downtown San Diego Balboa Theatre that turned out to be a smashing success. Not surprisingly, General Director David Bennett jumped at the chance to add Guerrero with his touring ensemble the Bel Canto…

Bell and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields Salute Beethoven and Paganini at the Jacobs Music Center

By Ken Herman | March 3, 2020 |

The La Jolla Music Society brought the Academy of St Martin in the Fields under the direction of Joshua Bell to San Diego two years ago, and they returned to the Jacobs Music Center in downtown San Diego Monday, March 2.

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